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Crucial training for deaf and hard-of-hearing children affected by COVID-19 pandemic


Ohio Valley Voices, the school that teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing how to listen and talk, started meeting for in-person learning sessions in early August.

Executive Director Maria Sentelik said time is of the essence – the best window to learn these skills is between ages 1 and 3. She said, after that, the child’s brain starts reassigning space. Time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic threatened the students’ learning curve.

“Just the attention span of the preschoolers – you can’t do it remotely like you can in person,” said Ohio Valley Voices teacher Julie Carter.